Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Traffic Light Sensors

I wasn't going to post today, but I just experienced one of my pet peeves again and didn't want to let the moment pass.

I was at an intersection I frequent and was about the fifth car in line waiting for the left turn arrow to turn green when I noticed that the cars on the opposite side of the intersection got their green left turn light but my side did not. My suspicions were confirmed when I looked at the location of the first car in my lane... they had not moved up enough to have their car over the sensors in the road, so the technology that's part of the traffic light did not sense there were any cars in my lane waiting to turn. If anyone does not know what I'm talking about you can learn about traffic sensors here and also here.

Apparently, I was not the only one determined to not have to wait through another long cycle because of some moron. A couple of other cars in front and behind me immediately started, as I did, to get out of our lane so that we could make a right turn, followed by a U-turn. Traffic is frustrating enough as it is, but it's beyond tolerable when stuff like this happens.

Thanks to Glenn Elert for the photo.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

They're Watching You

Unfortunately, I have a big work project that will keep me extra busy for the next couple of weeks so I probably will only be able to post sporadically during that time. Hopefully, when it's over I'll be feeling like this guy:

Monday, June 19, 2006

Cumberland Island, Georgia

Another in my series of "Manic Monday Momentary Escapes"...

This time I wisk you away to
Cumberland Island, Georgia,
where time seems to stand still.

The ferry ride to Cumberland Island:

Live Oaks with Spanish moss create a wonderful
canopy on the road leading to the Greyfield Inn:

"A grand and graceful mansion...
built in 1900 as a home for Lucy and Thomas Carnegie's
daughter, Margaret Ricketson, the oceanfront hotel
was opened as The Greyfield Inn Resort in 1962...":

Dungeness Ruins
(this was Andrew & Lucy Carnegie's mansion):

A boardwalk over sand dunes leads to the beach:

Wild horses roam the beach:

Sunset at Sea Camp Beach:

I hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation. Thank you to the flickr accounts of beezwax, woggs, Geoffrey Graham, Savannah Grandfather (1 & 2), and kexline (1 & 2).

Friday, June 16, 2006

Expectant Mother Parking Spaces

About a year or two ago, I started noticing these types of signs popping up in various shopping centers and initially thought "how cute" because at first there seemed to only be one or two spaces located next to a store that sells baby stuff. Now that this trend seems to have grown and more good parking spaces are being designated as "expectant mother parking only" - which as far as I know is not required by law the way handicapped spaces are - it's become irritating. Since when is being pregnant or a new mother considered a handicap with regards to having to walk a few extra yards? What's next... "obese people only parking"... "senior citizen only parking"...?!? C'mon people!

(Photo thanks to roland's flickr.)

As a side note, when I did a Google search for "expectant mother parking" I came across this recent funny Craigslist missed connections post:

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Dancing Dog Video

Who says you can't teach a dog to dance? Here's a lady who's trained her dog to do a 2-minute dance routine with her to the Grease soundtrack. The dog doesn't miss a beat.

I've Learned...

While doing some organizing, I came across this piece that I've had for years. I did not write the following and I don't know who did, but I found it just as touching now as the first time I read it. (photo thanks to Ekin in Finland's flickr)

I've learned...

...that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

...that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

...that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

...that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

...that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

...that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

...that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

...that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

...that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

...that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

...that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

...that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

...that true friendship never fades, even over the longest distance.

...that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

...that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

...that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

...that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

...that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.

...that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

...that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

...that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

...that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

...that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

...that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

...that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

...that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

Find A Need And Fill It

"Back on 9/29/05, while I was deployed to
do a bit of restoration work from Katrina, we
made a quick drive through the French Quarter.
As you can see, in some regards ... All is Well." - GHz

Thanks to GHz's flickr.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Tuesday Top Ten

Top Ten Reasons Why South Floridians
Should Prepare for Hurricane Season:

10. Ignoramus. You know the type. Don't be that type!
.9.. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure
.8.. You may not find what you need after the storm
.7.. No A/C + heat/humidity makes a difficult situation worse
.6.. Hurricane paths are not always predictable (Charley)
.5.. Hurricane categories can be underestimated (Wilma)
.4.. Tallahassee: “You’re on your own for first 72 hours”
.3.. Pay now or pay more later (time & money)
.2.. Your loved ones (people/pets) are counting on you
.1.. Hurricane Andrew (category 5)

Be prepared, have a plan: NHC, Red Cross, HHS

Monday, June 12, 2006

Manic Monday Momentary Escape

First in a series of weekly editions... enjoy!

"A peaceful pathway follows a gently
flowing stream to Anna Ruby Falls.
(The North Georgia mountains, Georgia)"

Thanks to Tommy Simms' flickr.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Light Pollution

This night-time satellite image gives you an idea of how much artificial lighting (light pollution) there is in the US. If you'd like to see all of Earth at night, just click on the photo.

A bit of an insomniac at times*, I had some time on my hands tonight. With nothing worthwhile to watch on TV, I took a look outside and wished it was darker out so I could see the stars and fully enjoy the peacefulness that only comes at night (around here anyway). I rarely get to see stars clearly unless I'm far away from urban areas.

I found the Wikipedia information quite interesting and didn't realize until now that light pollution had become such an important issue, with a global dark sky movement emerging back in the early 1980's. Considering that some observatories have been rendered useless due to light pollution resulting from urban sprawl, I wonder how badly the lit up night sky in central Broward has affected the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory.

*In case anyone was wondering, though I really like the movie Sleepless in Seattle (not the sick-o version below), I actually came up with my blog's name while awake in the middle of the night.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Tonight's Featured Movie Presentation

Haven't been to the movies in a while? Don't worry, I gotcha covered. Get the popcorn and soda out then sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Oh, and no smoking, please. Here's tonight's featured movie presentation:



What can I say? I couldn't resist including it here on my Sleepless in Seattle... errr... South Florida blog. "See what happens when the ultimate chick-flick gets the recut trailer treament, now a horror movie about a ruthless stalker." Amazing how they can take a charmingly romantic storyline and turn it into a nightmare-ish one. I wonder if they had to get permission. Hope you get a kick out of it as I did.

South Florida's Muscovy Ducks

Ever seen those black and white ducks that seem to be everywhere in South Florida? You know the ones... they have that red crusty-looking thing on their face. Few people seem to know what type of duck this is. I found out a few years ago they're called Muscovy ducks. The ducklings are cute, until they grow up, of course.

If you feed them, they'll keep coming around which means they'll also leave little "gifts" nearby, too. They can become aggressive if there's more than a couple at a time. Though I don't see it too often, they can really fly when they want to. I once witnessed a weird and unpleasant fight between two very territorial males... they were biting each other's necks really hard and it seriously looked like it wasn't going to end until one died. Thankfully, one of them finally gave up and waddled away, looking like it was hurt pretty badly. According to Wikipedia, they are considered "invasive" but are protected by a Florida state statute.

Friday, June 09, 2006

What Breed of Dog Are You?

Sleepless, You're a Scottish Terrier!

What Breed of Dog Are You?

(Note: It will request an e-mail address
before showing the results.)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Parrot Jungle Then and Now

I was recently sorting through photos in a storage box and came across this one I took in 1989 at the original Parrot Jungle location (Pinecrest area) which closed in 2002. For those who perhaps don't remember this scene... those are flamingos on the lawn by the Koi pond. What a shame that they moved the attraction to Watson Island which is probably about a third of the original size of the theme park. I haven't been to Parrot Jungle Island but from everything I've heard from those who have, it just doesn't compare (more concrete than grass/nature). Anyone know what's there now at the location of the original one?

For the trivia buffs out there, here's an awesome website that outlines Florida's Lost Tourist Attractions. The only one I didn't see listed is Ocean World which used to be off SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Jeez, I probably sound older than I am.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Rut-Ro! Revealing Info in Stats

Rut-ro... me thinks there must be an increase in accidents happening due to drivers text messaging while driving 'cuz my sitemeter shows a law firm visited my recent post on the topic - using the post title to search Google... where I show up on the first page of search results.

You've got a New Comment! I also had someone from Twentieth Century Fox in L.A. checking out my blog for a while today. Maybe a screenwriter is trying to come up with a script for a movie based around the subject of blogging or blogging communities kinda' like "You've Got Mail!" was based around the topic of IM'ing/online dating. You know it's just a matter of time before someone comes up with a screenplay good enough to make it to the big screen.

Apparently, quite a few people seem to be real interested in Brad and Angelina's baby, Shilo. Why, I don't know. I don't care how good looking the parents are... all babies look more-or-less the same when they're born and the fact that I mentioned this particular baby was incidental to my post, titled Celebrity Babies with a Cause. I think we'll all live just fine even if we never see what the baby looks like.

Last but not least, I also had someone from the City of Miami Police Dept. jump over from Miamista's "Let's Get Rid Of This Clown" blog to my post that highlights his new blog. Hmmm...

Monday, June 05, 2006

My Travels Around the U.S.

I came across this today and thought it would be interesting to see how much of the U.S. I've covered in my travels. West Virginia looks lonely. There are a few I've been wanting to visit but haven't gotten around to yet. Get your own map here. An international map is available, too, but even with as much traveling as I've done, I wasn't up to seeing how much of the world I haven't seen yet.

Evolution of Dance

This is probably one of the funniest videos I've seen in a while. It's about 5-6 minutes long but worth watching. This guy's "regular" job is actually that of a motivational speaker.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Text Messaging While Driving

On today's edition of NBC's South Florida Today show, one of the occasional hosts admitted that she recently rear-ended a car as a result of text messaging a co-worker while driving. I know people do many things they shouldn't while driving, but really... text messaging?!

Part of what surprised me while watching her admit to this is the way she ended up treating the incident as if it was a no-big-deal, "oops" sort of event and even gave a sort of giggle at the end. She mentioned about how she just looked up and there it [the car] was. She's lucky the only thing she hit was a car and not a pedestrian. She wouldn't be laughing then.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Where'd You Go

Saw them on The Tonight Show. I'm not one that likes most of the hip-hop/rap music out there, but this is one of those exceptions...

Fort Minor - Where'd You Go, Featuring Holly Brook

Holly Brook's MySpace Page